Good morning everyone! I hope everyone had an uneventful night with this odd weather we are all having....and it's not over I am sure....
got up fairly early.....early for me on a Saturday morning...and made
myself a cup of coffee....from coffee our reader Fritz (a former
hometown man who left years ago...) had sent us ... it's a fantastic
blend...and we are really enjoying it!
Then I headed outside for a few minutes....to take care of small things before taking some "morning time" for myself...
Had to turn off the extended soaker hose in the food plot that I had
turned on night before last and also went to check on the bug
eradication on the tomatoes and zuchs.....when I heard a light crunch at
my feet and found about a 18" garden snake slithering away....it was
quite healthy but had seen me way before I saw it and was already moving
away....not fast though, but moving out of MY way none the less. And of
course... I was in my yellow box flip flops...not my garden shoes...
Now, several years ago I would have freaked and had messy pants begging
John to kill him but over time I have learned to look before you make
the snake a victim of a hoe. He's a keeper. Not that I am THAT
comfortable being around it but I do know that it is VERY beneficial to
the food plot. It may have slithered out all together but I am betting
he is at the end of the first tomato row under tomato plants that are
not staked or caged.
Not sure if he was a large ribbon snake
or a small coach whip (both have long, light colored stripes from the
head to the tail and not banding) .... I just have to remember it is
So... I decided to head to the front to water some
new landscape plants that we've put in or will soon (still potted) and
as I was walking from the food plot to the patio....Golden Boy rooster
came up behind me and tried to spur me again. It's been a long time
since he's tried that....he immediately got a face full of coffee with a
stern NO .... that stopped that behavior and he walked quite quickly in
the other direction.... John removed spurs from many of the Roos last
weekend.... they just chest butt you now. This behavior is rare here and
it would be an off chance to even get a true spur. It's the bahavior we
don't tolerate...kind of like a kid saying a cuss word...
I headed to the front to turn on the water hose, with Chuckie in tow
and proceeded to water those plants again.....With the water hose in
hand, and Chuckie wandering on a smell adventure I noticed in short
order that he kept creeping closer to the farm road we live on that is
quite busy......I kept calling him to come over to me but he'd only
raise his head, look and continue on his smell adventure. He's starting
to get quite stubborn as he gets older....
Finally, I had enough.
I turned off the water, grabbed Chuckie up and came in the house to
make another cup of coffee since my first one was gone...And to sit down
at the computer to drink it and talk to all of you.
headed into town in a bit to Edna Auto (who has just about everything
you ask for ...and is quite an eclectic mix of auto/farm pieces and
parts collected over many, many years) to get gasket material to
reassemble a gear box - so that we can start working on the shredder
again to get it going...
And to continue on our outdoor project and to pray...for...rain.
Hope your Saturday is as productive......